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Massage for Those in Later Life Stages


Massage for Those in Later Life Stages

This is a group for those who are interested in serving the special population of elders and those in hospice and palliative care. Lets share stories, research, news, events and practice development tips.

Location: National
Members: 103
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Expand Your Practice into Eldercare

Discussion Forum

Rolling cart/bag for supplies 1 Reply

Started by Janet Ziegler. Last reply by Rhonda Porter Oct 19, 2011.

Do we need to educate hospice organizations? 1 Reply

Started by Ann Catlin. Last reply by Janet Ziegler Apr 14, 2011.

Brochures Related to Massage & Dementia 2 Replies

Started by Susan Clingman. Last reply by Ann Catlin Feb 4, 2011.

Touching Lives in Eldercare and Hospice The Art of Massage Therapy for Special Populations

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Comment by Steve Gordon on February 4, 2015 at 6:37am

I'm new to this forum, and I hope this reaches a broad audience of ABMP members. I wanted to post information about a workshop coming up in April. It's a 14-CEU workshop in Hanover, NH, called “Cancer, Trauma, Presence, Touch,” scheduled for Friday-Sunday, April 10-12. It will take place at The Center for Integrative Health in Hanover (hometown of Dartmouth College).

I will be leading the workshop with Erica Zinter, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating people with trauma histories.

This program will be a wide-ranging exploration of the nature of trauma, including emerging neuroscience regarding trauma and relationship; of how cancer and other life-threatening illness can be seen from the perspective of trauma; of the nature and practice of compassionate presence; and of the ways in which touch can make presence even more powerful. The program includes a three-hour segment on ethics that satisfies half of the ethics requirement for board certification by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. (We are NCBTMB approved providers.)

I am Steve Gordon, a massage therapist at the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover and founder and executive director of The Hand to Heart Project, a nonprofit that has been providing free in-home massage since 2007 to people with advanced cancer. Erica Zinter is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and co-director of the Center for Integrative Health. She specializes in treating complex trauma and has a particular interest in the role of creativity in healing and recovery.

The workshop will run Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. The cost is $280. For more information or to sign up, please contact me at or (603) 477-4700.

Comment by Carl W. Brown on December 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Allison, I have volunteered for 8 years at Hospice of the East Bay and it has been a great experience.  Hospice is all about improving the quality of life of some may people. It is a fabulous bunch of people at HEB.

Comment by Allison on December 13, 2013 at 12:38pm

Hospice Volunteer Opportunity

Hospice of the East Bay serves terminally ill patients and their families in private homes and facilities throughout Contra Costa County. Many of our patients benefit greatly from the gentle and compassionate touch of a massage therapist.

If you would be interested in volunteering a few hours a month to provide comfort to our patients, please contact the Volunteer Department at Hospice of the East Bay at (925) 887-5678. You can make a big difference in someone's life!

Massage Therapist Certification (CMT) required. Thank you!

Comment by Keri Randall on April 16, 2013 at 1:20pm

Massage in Eldercare & Hospice - An idea whose time has come!

Join me for my Level 1 Compassionate Touch Workshop
St. Louis, MO 6/21/13-6/23/13

Level 1 Workshop
We welcome healthcare professionals and caregivers of all kinds to the Level 1 Workshop.

•Unique needs of elders in long term care
•Common primary and secondary conditions among elders in long term care
•Compassionate Touch key concepts and benefits
•Focused touch and sensitive massage techniques
•Adapted positioning techniques
•Safety and precautions
•Authentic communication skills
•Introduction to Compassionate Touch in dementia care
•Basic steps for massage therapy service in eldercare and hospice

•Compassionate Touch sessions with elders in a long term care facility
•The profound mutual benefit of this approach

And Gain:
•A tool for relating to people in a more meaningful way
•A deeper awareness of your natural healing presence
•Eligibility for Level 2 certified Compassionate Touch Practitioner training.

CE Credit: 20 contact hours

Approved by NCBTMB and Florida Board of Massage Therapy

Tuition: $450.00

Comment by Amy McLoughlin on January 23, 2013 at 12:46pm

Become a Certified Compassionate Touch® Practitioner Training in one course!  This option includes all Level 1 Workshop and Level 2 Practitioner Training content.Save expenses in two ways:
• Complete the course in one location – less travel expense
• Save $200.00 off the tuition
CE Credit: 55 hours.
Tuition: $1075 (This is a savings of $200!)

Comment by Jim Wissing on March 13, 2011 at 8:27pm
I've just joined, and am still a student. I have a nursing home directly across the street, and don't know what I don't know. What should I expect, hire in as an employee/contract with my own business, how much to charge, and is it difficult to collect money from them/how do they typically pay?
Comment by noreen zakrajsek on August 11, 2010 at 11:08am
I s anyone firmiliar with this info. ~An Everflowing Resource by Irene Smith
Includes Book, DVD and 2-CD Set
Purchase directly from Natural Touch Marketing
Comment by Lisa Curran Parenteau on June 16, 2010 at 2:31pm
Join us Monday 6/28 at 8pmEST for another complimentary Inspire U webinar-this one featuring Grace Terry, MSW. Grace will present on Effective Grief Support in a Death Denying Culture and how we can uplift with our awareness.
Comment by Lisa Curran Parenteau on April 17, 2010 at 9:42pm
Thanks for the link Heather! Actually-I am in beautiful Cape Cod in MA and Ann lives in MO! It looks like a wonderful organization. I look forward to learning more.
Comment by Heather Karr, LMT on April 17, 2010 at 9:33pm
I know this isn't anywhere near Michigan but I took a wonderful course in Santa Monica CA, The Heart Touch Project ( Wonderful people! I work as a LMT volunteer in hospice and haven't had a Alzheimer's client as yet but want to learn more. I will be sure to keep reading the info here! Thank you!

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